Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo of herself on Facebook and it quickly went viral. It was seen by more than 100 million people world-wide and was the start of Taryn's body image activism. Embrace is a documentary following Taryn's journey to explore the issue of body loathing and why it is so pervasive.
The before and after photos were unusual as the before photo was taken after Taryn had obsessively prepared for a women's figure competition, and her after photo was of her post-three-pregnancies body. Taryn received a flood of emails and letters from fans and critics. She wanted to know 'why do we hate our bodies?'
Taryn used Kickstarter to crowdfund a feature length documentary exploring the topic. She interviews an amazing array of women from a Ricki Lake Turia Pitt, Mia Freedman, Harnaam Kaur, an actress, a plus-size model, a breast cancer thriver, photographers and many more. My favourite part was seeing the professional photographs of real women's bodies by Jade Beall.
Throughout the documentary there are shocking statistics about women's image of themselves, dieting and plastic surgery. Women obsess over food, calories and exercise. We have been sold on the idea that thinner is better and healthier for us, but it's not realistic for many of us. We strive to be thin, young and sexy but that's not possible for all of us especially as we age.
I was disheartened to see how women's ideal image has been mangled over the last few decades. Today marketing and advertising promote the unachievable goal of being athletic, tall and skinny with a thigh gap. This impossible standard is not even sustainable by the models themselves, who develop eating disorders, regularly faint and eat cotton balls dipped in Gatorade to fill up!
I'll admit this documentary made me sad as I empathised with many of the stories and then I felt angry. We need to celebrate body diversity and ethnicity of both the sexes. Our bodies do amazing things for us and we need to start appreciating and loving ourselves the way we are, in this moment.
I hope this documentary creates ripples of change through traditional and online media and advertising.
If you've ever spent too much money on clothes, beauty products, hair dye, hair removal solutions, dieting products and food, exercising for weight loss or considered cosmetic surgery, then this is a documentary you need to see.
Embrace is coming to cinemas in Australia from Thursday 4th August 2016. It will be appearing at various cinemas around Australia and the world.
I was wondering if you could let me know if the documentary will be shown again as i just missed out. No more tickets are available for the Hobart screening and i really wanted to see it.